Even More Audi-Derived Interest at RM Sotheby’s Monaco

Earlier this week we highlighted two big deals for Audi collectors at the upcoming RM Sotheby’s Monaco Sale (May 10-11). A former Walter Röhrl Sport quattro S1 E2 or Hans-Joachim Stuck V8 DTM racecar are already reason enough to pay close attention to the sale, and perusing the catalogue even further we found even more cars that garnered our interest.

Only one is technically an Audi – a rare one of 333 examples 2013 A1 quattro that served as precursor to the modern S1 hatchback. Beyond that, there’s also a modern Lamoborghini Countach in very tasteful brown and gold specification, as well as a Spyker C8 Spyder with associations to the Rogue Assassin movie.

Check out more photos and full Lot descriptions of each below.

[source: RM Sotheby’s]

2013 Audi A1 quattro

  • One of just 333 examples of the limited-edition, rally-inspired Audi A1 quattro 
  • Featuring a 1,984 cc turbocharged engine paired with a manual six-speed gearbox; power is delivered to all four wheels
  • A beautifully presented two-owner cult classic, displaying only 12,827 kilometres 
  • Finished in Glacier White—the only colour made available for the A1 quattro

Following many months of rumours, at the end of 2011 Audi unveiled a super-exclusive high-performance derivative of its compact A1. The much-anticipated hot hatch helped pave the way for the series-produced (and less powerful) S1, but would intentionally remain a very rare beast. Badged A1 quattro, only 333 were made available worldwide, guaranteeing cult status among Audi cognoscenti.

The aggressive WRC-inspired styling echoed Ingolstadt’s one-off A1 clubsport, but that car’s mid-mounted five-cylinder engine gave way to a front-mounted four. Developing 252 horsepower and a massive 258 lb ft of torque, the turbocharged 1,984 cc EA113 could propel the quattro to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Top speed was just shy of 250 km/h, although raw figures tell only half the story.

As the legendary quattro name suggested, drive was distributed to all four corners (via a lightweight carbon fibre propshaft). Under normal conditions, the front wheels did all the work but, if the nose came adrift, an electronic brain brought the back into play via a rear-mounted clutch. The resultant traction was phenomenal, making the Audi notably fast on damp surfaces. Chassis upgrades, meanwhile (including multi-link suspension from the TTS, as well as a wider track, and lower ride height), delivered top-drawer handling on the trickiest of roads. When coupled with the A1’s compact dimensions, the result was devastating performance. In an unexpected departure from Ingolstadt’s usual ethos, the quattro eschewed a fashionable paddle-shift in favour of a more engaging six-speed manual gearbox—a move lauded by pundits.

In total, some 600 new or revised parts were involved in creating the model, from the bespoke 18-inch wheels and uprated brakes, to the cutting-edge aero package. Befitting a machine that promised style, performance, and exclusivity in equal measure, the focal point of the sumptuous Silk Nappa leather-trimmed cabin was a provocative bright-red rev counter.

Ranking among the most covetable of hot hatches, the car offered represents a particularly exciting opportunity. Understood to have originally belonged to one of Monaco’s wealthiest families, this Glacier White quattro has been enjoyed very sparingly—averaging fewer than 1,000 km a year since new. At the time of cataloguing, the odometer read 12,827 kilometres. In 2021, the Audi changed hands for the first and only time when it was acquired by a collector via Ferrari agent, Charles Pozzi. Unsurprisingly, the A1 remains beautifully presented. The history file reveals it has been carefully maintained by Audi technicians, and has covered only a few hundred kilometres on its current Bridgestone tyres.

2022 Lamborghini Countach LPI 800-4

  • Lamborghini’s groundbreaking supercar reimagined for the 21st Century
  • One of 112 produced 
  • One of only five finished in Luci del Bosco and the sole example with a Bianco Leda interior
  • Acquired new in Germany; showing only 110 kilometres on the odometer at cataloguing time

Addendum: This motor car has either been driven for no more than 6,000 kilometres or is less than 6 months of age from new. For this reason, the motor car can be considered ‘as new’ for VAT purposes. Please note that due to VAT requirements this lot may only be sold for export and trade, interested private buyers, please contact RMS directly.

Cette voiture n’a pas parcouru plus de 6.000 kilomètres ou a moins de 6 mois d’ancienneté. Pour cette raison, la voiture peut être considérée “comme neuve” du point de vue de la TVA. Veuillez noter qu’en raison des exigences en matière de TVA, ce lot ne peut être vendu qu’à des fins d’exportation et de commerce. Les acheteurs privés intéressés sont priés de contacter RMS directement.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Countach, Lamborghini reimagined the iconic supercar with a futuristic design paying homage to the groundbreaking original unveiled to the public in 1974. The name—an expression of surprise and amazement in Piedmontese dialect—carried over, but the car itself was reinvented from the ground up.

Though the unmistakable silhouette, hexagonal wheel openings, and scissor doors remain, the rest of its forms and details have been masterfully reworked. Building on the legacy of its predecessor, the Countach LPI 800-4 sets a new standard of visionary design that will carry the company into the future and inspire subsequent generations of supercars, just as the original did. Still immeasurably impactful, its overall presentation is far more refined and mature—the impetuous Countach all grown up. Likewise, its interior—with harmonious, flowing shapes—is more polished and accommodating than that of the earlier Countach.

Underpinning the carbon fibre bodywork is the chassis of the Aventador and the hybrid powertrain of the ultra-exclusive Sián driving all four wheels. The set-up combines Lamborghini’s impressive 6.5-litre V-12 with a small electric motor drawing from a supercapacitor. Combined output is 802 horsepower. Though output from the electric motor is modest, it serves to smooth out the often-abrupt shifts of the single-clutch automated manual transmission, creating a more refined driving experience while enhancing the screaming V-12’s blood-boiling performance.

With only 112 produced—all sold before the car even premiered in August of 2021—the Countach LPI 800-4 is incredibly rare, making the example offered here a truly unique opportunity for the discerning supercar collector. Acquired new by its first and only owner in Germany, it is one of just five produced in Luci del Bosco, according to the supplying dealer, and the only one specified with a Bianco Leda interior, which also features Nero Ade accents and Bronze contrast stitching. The rich and tastefully muted color scheme is a welcome contrast to the often brash hues of other Lamborghinis, serving to underscore the more refined persona of this timeless classic. Well-coordinated details, such as the matte bronze wheels, black brake calipers, and exposed carbon fibre, add depth to the subtle presentation.

Only recently registered for the first time and with just 110 kilometres showing on the odometer, this pristine Countach LPI 800-4 remains as it was on the showroom floor, impeccable.

2004 Spyker C8 Spyder

  • A superb example of the rare and hand-crafted open-topped Spyker C8 supercar; presented with low mileage and an interesting Hollywood provenance
  • Powered by a mid-mounted, naturally aspirated, 4.2-litre V-8 sourced from an Audi S8; provides 395 brake horsepower for 300 km/h top speed
  • Early production example features desirable “propeller” steering wheel, extra air intake, and detachable fabric roof 
  • A film car driven on set in the Hollywood blockbuster War (Rogue Assassin), starring Jason Statham and Jet Li 
  • Recent engine-out maintenance completed by Spyker enthusiast, Jasper den Dopper

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